Wednesday, 14th September 2011




Walk: Gorple Lower Reservoir, Widdop Gate, Hebden Dale, Gibson’s Mill, Hardcastle Crags, Walshaw and Walshaw Dean Reservoirs.
Start Point: Clough Foot reservoir Grid Reference: SD 946 323
Distance: 8.25 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Light showers in first hour. Blustery on the moor tops.
Comments: 16 ramblers survived the tortuous route to the start. The walk was straightforward by comparison! Good views and an ice-cream stop! All the grouse seen and heard over Wadsworth Moor on the recce had disappeared. As it was a month after the “glorious twelfth”, we fear the worst. NB The map says Wadsworth Moor, but local signage insists that it is “Walshaw and Lancashire Moor”, notwithstanding that we had crossed into the White Rose County!

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The journey there was interesting!


A lonely Pack Horse PH near Gorples Reservoir


A sheep's eye view of the Gorples reservoir dam


At Lower Gorples Reservoir


Windswept water of Gorples reservoir


A top up of the reservoir is on its way


Gate posts - but not those of Widdop Gate


Leaving Widdop Gate for Hardcastle Crags . . .


and Hebden Dale


A steep descent to Hebden Water


Some interesting rock formations


A sheltered spot for . . .


our morning respite at Hardcastle Crags


And then the sun came out


Hebden Water and Dale


White water on Hebden Water


Gibson Mill (see National Trust website for more info)


No mention of Ramblers (on wall of Gibson Mill)


A two storey toilet block at Gibson Mill


Typical scenery of the area


A remote Walshaw Lodge


Not to be confused with horrible


A distant Stoodley Pike


A grand residence at Dean Reservoir


Shooting Butts on Wadsworth Moor


Don't shoot the photographer


Walshaw Dean reservoirs


Among the heather at Walshaw and Lancashire Moors

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